Moya's PK not Enough to Lift GW Women's Soccer Over George Mason
Aug. 25, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior forward Adriana Moya netted a penalty kick for the George Washington women's soccer team with 38 seconds remaining in action, but it was not enough for the Colonials to overcome a two-goal deficit, as the squad fell to George Mason, 2-1, in non-conference play on the road on Friday evening.
Holding onto a 2-0 lead at 89:22, George Mason (2-1) committed a foul in the circle to give GW (0-2) and penalty kick opportunity. Moya - the Colonials' leading scorer in 2011 - buried the attempt to put GW on the board.
The Patriots recorded two first-half goals to take the lead into the break and the Buff and Blue could not recover despite out-shooting GMU 9-6 in the second. The home squad out-shot GW 11-1 in the first period, with freshman Kristi Abbate registering the Colonials' lone shot at the 11:32 mark.
GMU scored first at 32:49 into the contest when Tiana Kallenberger sent a cross to Emily Harvey, who headed the ball into the top left corner from five yards out. The Patriots extended their lead less than nine minutes later when Kallenberger carried the ball up the far side and blasted a shot into the left side of the net from 18 yards out.
The Colonials registered four of the first five shots of the second half, but all were denied by Patriots goalkeeper Briana Kottler. Additionally, GW recorded all four of its corner kicks in second-half action, but none found the back of GMU's cage.
Junior defender Jane Wallis tallied a team-high three shots, while Abbate and Moya each fired off two and juniors Claire Haft and Alex Neal each recorded a shot. Rookie goalkeeper Nicole Fasano made nine saves in her first-ever collegiate start.
GW opens home action with back-to-back games against first-time opponents from the Ivy League Columbia and Cornell on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 3. Check the GW women's soccer schedule for live video and stats links.